April 7, 1865 – Lincoln Telegraphs Grant to “Press the Thing”

To Ulysses S. Grant
Head Quarters Armies of the United States,
City-Point,
Lieut Gen. Grant. April 7. 11 AM. 1865

Gen. Sheridan says “If the thing is pressed I think that Lee will surrender.” Let the thing be pressed. A. LINCOLN

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Two days after this famous telegram was sent, General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia to Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, at the home of Wilmer and Virginia McLean in the town of Appomattox Court House , Virginia. Thus ended four years of Civil War, which resulted in approximately 630,000 deaths and over one million casualties.

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